Deke Owen
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Email: dowen@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3307

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Litigation may be an adversarial process, but Deke Owen takes a collaborative approach when advancing his clients’ interests in disputed matters. Deke works closely with each client to get a complete understanding of their business and industry as well as their concerns and objectives in the case at hand. Day-to-day diligence, continuous client communication, and thorough preparation are all cornerstones of Deke’s practice.

Deke’s practice is devoted primarily to construction law, including the defense of architects and engineers in multi-party construction litigation. He also provides robust defense counsel for contractors and subcontractors in construction defect claims on public and private projects. His professional success in construction law matters has led to his inclusion on the Texas Rising Stars list for multiple consecutive years, and Deke also shares his insights by writing frequently on construction law issues.

Deke is Board Certified in construction law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In addition to his construction law work, Deke represents attorneys in professional liability litigation, including closing attorneys and litigation attorneys.

Deke offers arbitration and mediation services in these areas as well.

A graduate of Trinity University, Deke earned his law degree from Tulane University, where he also earned a Sports Law Certificate. He is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts as well as the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas.

Representative Experience

  • Defended a steel manufacturer and installer against claims totaling over $43 million regarding damages suffered at a hospital during a hurricane. We obtained a successful dismissal based on our summary judgment motion.
  • Obtained dismissal of a property owner and general contractor from a construction site injury where the Plaintiff alleged over $400,000 in damages based on our summary judgment motions. The case settled at mediation without any contribution from our clients.
  • Obtained early dismissal of claims against civil engineer related to the design of city roads, based on failure of Plaintiff to obtain the requisite Certificate of Merit.
  • Negotiated remediation to a police department for mold and water penetration on behalf of architect’s (client) alleged design error in designing the exterior envelope and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair based on Plaintiff’s initial demand over $10 million.
  • Obtained early, voluntary dismissal of claims against a fire sprinkler subcontractor in a construction defect matter based on our summary judgment motion related to damages related to a water leak at a condominium.
  • Obtained early, voluntary dismissal of claims against a fire sprinkler subcontractor in a construction defect matter based on our summary judgment motion related to damages involving a water leak in an apartment building.
  • Negotiated remediation to an apartment complex for water penetration on behalf of general contractor’s alleged construction defects in constructing the balconies and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair by obtaining indemnity and defense from the subcontractors.
  • Negotiated remediation to a bank headquarters for water penetration on behalf of exterior component manufacturer’s alleged manufacturing defects in producing the balcony railing and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair.
  • Represented civil engineer over dispute related to the allegedly negligent design of an accessible city walkway that led to a citizen injuring herself. Negotiated settlement based on nuisance value.

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association, Member, Construction Law Section

Honors and Recognitions

  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, published by Texas Monthly Magazine, Construction Litigation, 2012, 2014–2017

Publications and Presentations

Overview of Design Professional Law and Risk Management

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

Educational/Professional Background

  • Tulane University, Juris Doctor, 2004
  • Tulane University School of Law, Sports Law Certificate, 2004
  • Trinity University, Bachelor of Science, 1999

Civic and Volunteerism

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • NFL and NCAA, special events volunteer

Court Admissions

Deke Owen is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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Deke Owen

Shareholder

Email: dowen@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3307

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Litigation may be an adversarial process, but Deke Owen takes a collaborative approach when advancing his clients’ interests in disputed matters. Deke works closely with each client to get a complete understanding of their business and industry as well as their concerns and objectives in the case at hand. Day-to-day diligence, continuous client communication, and thorough preparation are all cornerstones of Deke’s practice.

Deke’s practice is devoted primarily to construction law, including the defense of architects and engineers in multi-party construction litigation. He also provides robust defense counsel for contractors and subcontractors in construction defect claims on public and private projects. His professional success in construction law matters has led to his inclusion on the Texas Rising Stars list for multiple consecutive years, and Deke also shares his insights by writing frequently on construction law issues.

Deke is Board Certified in construction law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In addition to his construction law work, Deke represents attorneys in professional liability litigation, including closing attorneys and litigation attorneys.

Deke offers arbitration and mediation services in these areas as well.

A graduate of Trinity University, Deke earned his law degree from Tulane University, where he also earned a Sports Law Certificate. He is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts as well as the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas.